Tuesday, October 5, 2010

sail to me

i remember buying this disc so many years ago that really it leaves me wondering "what one earth",
but time flies when . . . . anyhow i heard it in my head yesterday and thought i'd have a look see on youtube and sure enough there it was.
what really caught my attention though is the number of hits it has -
over a million and a half.

now i know that "this mortal coil" were sort of well-known and this particular song did very well, but not that much . . . and then i noticed a reference in a comment to "the lovely bones" and thought "ah ha!"
it was rediscovered and dropped on a soundtrack. i've not seen the film.
the book is on one of my many little lists to be read at some point.

for now though i am having memories of a time a very long time ago in my life when i lived in a one bedroom apartment in toronto and this was a song that made its way frequently onto the turntable.

the words to song to the siren:

on the floating, shapeless oceans
i did all my best to smile
'til your singing eyes and fingers
drew me loving into your eyes.

and you sang "sail to me, sail to me;
let me enfold you."

here i am, here i am waiting to hold you.
did i dream you dreamed about me?
were you here when i was full sail?

now my foolish boat is leaning, broken love lost on your rocks.
for you sang, "touch me not, touch me not, come back tomorrow."
oh my heart, oh my heart shies from the sorrow.
i'm as puzzled as a newborn child.
i'm as riddled as the tide.
should i stand amid the breakers?
or shall i lie with death my bride?

hear me sing: "swim to me, swim to me, let me enfold you."
"here i am. here i am, waiting to hold you."

14 comments:

acornmoon said...

enchanting, I missed this first time around.

Rima said...

It's a wonderful song isn't it :)
Do you know the original Tim Buckley version? (which he wrote over breakfast apparently!)

steven said...

acornmoon everything shows up when it should!!! steven

steven said...

rima lovely to see you!!! it really is a gorgeous song and beautiful music to carry it. i did know about the tim buckley version and thankyou for the link which i hope visitors here will take as tim's version has a different quality to it that is in some ways more grounded and present. steven

willow said...

Lovely and completely new to me. Thanks, Steven!

Friko said...

It is a lovely song, which I missed when it came out; all the same, I am glad you gave the words. I wouldn't have been able to make out what she was saying otherwise.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Ah nostalgia time - lovely song.

Reya Mellicker said...

Ah - sublime. The twins ... hadn't thought of them in a long time. Thank you!

steven said...

willow - it's nice to wake up of a day and be confronted by something different or new. steven

steven said...

hi friko! yes her singing is slurred, deliberately i i agine. it adds some sort of substance to the words. steven

steven said...

ahhh weaver, it's nice to wander a little way back down the path sometimes isn't it!!! steven

steven said...

reya - when i heard it again - it was almost as if for the first time. the same chills and hairs up on my neck. steven

Linda Sue said...

Cocteau Twins - that takes us back a bit! Yes, this song is a tingler - I especially appreciate the 80's hair...Never could quite pull off the eighties...loved the music though.

steven said...

the eighties were about staying well off centre for me. steven